For Father’s Day this Sunday September 4 we’ve rounded up 10 gifts we think your dad will get a kick out of, from practical gadgets, to conversation-starting booze, and some nicely designed pieces for the home.
No ties, bourbon or hardware made it onto this list. Okay, there are socks – but everyone likes socks. Especially with watermelons on them.
Crafted Goods “Sorpresa” Gym Sack
This is more than just a gym bag. Designed by Swiss label Crafted Goods, this generously sized, lightweight bag can fit everything you need, including a 15-inch laptop (fitted in a secure pocket). It’s water-resistant, too – and the navy colour is smart enough to take to work.
Marble Basics Square Tray
For the man who appreciates clean and classic design, the handcrafted Basic Square Tray is an elegant accessory for the home or the office. Designed by Melbourne-based sisters Bliss and Bonnie Adams, the functional tray is made from sturdy, honed, grey-and-white marble. Perfect for holding keys, or on the bathroom vanity to display aftershaves and soap.
12-month sock subscription from Fresh Sock Co.
The best gifts are those that keep giving, so why not provide your dad with a fresh pair of socks delivered every month? New business Fresh Sock Co. has just launched its sock subscriptions with fun, eye-catching designs including watermelon, pineapple, Mr Whippy and sailing-boats prints. The pair dropped each month is a surprise – to keep Dad on his toes.
$144 for 12 months (other pricing available for three, six or nine-month subscriptions) Available at freshsockco.com.
Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin
The ultra-awarded Four Pillars Gin, based in Victoria’s Healesville, isn’t satisfied with just making really, really good gin. It looked around in its own backyard (the Yarra Valley), and experimented with steeping local shiraz grapes in its Rare Dry Gin for eight weeks. The result is this deep-purple number, which carries extra pepperiness and fruit on the palate and makes a wild-looking G&T.
Lightly whisky glasses (set of two)
This sculptural set is by Normann Copenhagen and is distributed online by Melbourne designer and businesswoman Cindy-Lee Davies. Lightly launched in July 2005 and for a small team, it gets a lot done. The wide bottoms make these glasses extra sturdy while ensuring they sit perfectly in the palm of your hand. The bottom curve creates a fluid, natural movement so you get maximum flavour and aroma out of each nip.
Best Kitchen Basics cookbook
Mark Best, the celebrated chef behind Sydney fine-diner Marque (recently closed) and Melbourne’s and Sydney’s Pei Modern bistros, goes back to basics in his new cookbook Best Kitchen Basics. The 100 original recipes are constructed around 30 versatile, everyday ingredients. It’ll be Dad’s kitchen companion for years to come.
Whether you find noisy, jangly keys annoying, or have never really thought about it, a Melbourne start-up has designed a solution. Made from cowhide leather and white stitching, the Orbit Key stacks your keys neatly and securely to eliminate noise.
Who knows when your dad will encounter a loose screw, an unruly tuft of hair or an unopened bottle. The BroCard is a gadget that solves these problems and fits in his pocket. It has two parts. The first is a bicast leather wallet; it has straps on the back to secure money and cards. The tool card slips into the main pocket. It features a bottle opener; hair and beard comb; a 70-millimetre ruler; three screwdrivers; two hex wrenches; and two files.
$39 Available at thatbroco.com.
Aesop Post Poo Drops
Look, we’re not making any assumptions about your old man. Everyone wants a nice-smelling bathroom, right? These drops are an aromatic deodoriser to combat the stinkiest sessions. The crisp citrus notes, with rich floral elements, will neutralise any offensive wafts with just a few drops into the toilet bowl.
Ortiz Anchovies in olive oil
We know this is a bit left of field, but there are dads out there who just really love unsociably smelly snacks. These anchovies are line-caught off the northern coast of Spain, then hand-filleted and cured using traditional preservation methods. There are no bones, so Dad can just unwrap and dig in.
$17.95 Available online and in-store at Simon Johnson.
Special thanks to hand-and-foot model (and musician) Ben Abraham.